BE AFRAID--BE VERY AFRAID!By Matthew Simpson
Askmen.com Entertainment Correspondent
I can't wait for the new Discovery Channel spin-off show, Confessions of the Crocodile Hunter, where the fearless daredevil will finally admit that some creatures scare him. The fact is, the world is crawling with beasts, big and small, which can kill humans quickly and efficiently without provocation. This list will concentrate on those.
Many of those animals don't kill as many humans as they could because people know how dangerous they are and make an effort to stay away from them. But that doesn't make the predator less dangerous. Without further ado, here are the top 10 murderous animals.
Bears are pretty much the puppy dogs of the wild. They are so cute that most people want to pet them... and that would be their first mistake. Polar bears are the largest carnivores on land; they eat ringed seals for breakfast, but they will settle for a young walrus or beluga whale.
Living in the Arctic Circle, they've certainly been known to kill humans who venture too close. Like black bears and grizzlies, it's starvation that makes them dangerous. A smack from one of their paws can rip your head clean off.
Here's another animal that is perceived as peaceful and kind. What's more, elephants aren't predators. They are known to help other animals and be socially active within their group. But while they're not in an epic war against humans, they can turn on us rapidly, especially as a result of their abuse and harassment by humans.
When caged or feeling the constraints of domesticated life, they can fall into a blind rage. They have been known to kill their handlers, both in zoos and shows in their native Africa and Asia, as well as stampede tourists who show up to admire them. Some zoos have ceased all contact between human beings and elephants for this reason.
Also known as the African buffalo, they are some of the most dangerous animals in Africa. This is not just a big cow; it's a vicious beast that charges at humans seemingly for fun. Big game hunters cherish them for their malicious history. These animals spend their time grazing in herds (they are actually herbivores), but lone males are known to stray from the group every now and then.
They see man as a predator so when faced with one, they charge at him -- 1,500 pounds and all -- and use their horns for stabbing. It is said that when wounded by a hunter, they pursue him until either the buffalo or the hunter is dead.
The lion is known as king of the jungle, and for good reason. Lions are at the very top of the food chain in Africa. They lounge around all day, hanging out with the family and strike when necessary. Basically a big cat, they have razor-sharp teeth and claws that can tear apart any animal, including humans. These beasts are impressive but they are not to be messed with. They are fast and lethal, and nothing you do can keep this African monster from attacking you.
Great White Shark
The most dangerous subspecies of the shark family, the great white is not the largest (although it is the largest predatory shark). Unlike in the movie Jaws, sharks are not bent on revenge. If they attack humans it's because they think we're fish. Whenever they sense blood in the water, they get excited and it can trigger one of their famous feeding frenzies in which they will bite everything that moves.
Sharks strike no matter the time of day or the condition of the water. Hunger, territorial defense, movement, and mistaken identity are the main reasons for these attacks, which occur mostly along the coasts of North America, South Africa, and the Caribbean.
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